In this weekend workshop you will learn about the broad range of finishes that can be achieved with one simple embroidery technique called couching. Lora will guide you through how the materials you use can influence the outcome of your work.
On the first evening you will have an introduction to Lora’s work and practice. On the Saturday you will have an opportunity to create a sampler, using a variety of fabrics, this is a chance to see the breadth of the technique, and experiment with different materials. You will then look at the process of creating a design, inspired by the flowers in West Dean Gardens, first drawing from life and then using those drawings to create your design. The remainder of the workshop will be translating your design into stitch, using the samples you made at the start to inform your work. At the end of the weekend you will have a piece of art work to take home, which can be framed or made into a wall hanging. You will come away with a collection of samples to reference in the future, and an understanding of how to design for this specific stitch technique.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Lora Avedian is a mixed-media textile artist and educator who studied at the Royal College of Art. She has taught at Winchester School of Art, and has run workshops at the Barbican Centre, and Kettles Yard. Her work is sold through The New Craftsmen and Fortnum & Mason.